Home » About Us

We want to help you achieve your goals

We help people achieve their goals by being good at what we do and how we do it. We treat our clients the way that we want to be treated. With respect, professionalism and understanding. We are proud of our talented team of up to 20 people during tax season and empower them to make the best decisions for our clients.
Our focus on customer service and attracting and retaining the best team-members possible is what has led us to be a leading Accounting company in Southwestern Manitoba over the last 50 years.

Meet Our Team

Howard Wirch, FCPA, FCGA
Managing Partner
The Managing Partner at Accent, Howard is a firm believer in taking care of not just your own mind and body, but also giving back to your community. Awarded his FCPA in 2017, he served on the CGA Manitoba and CPA Manitoba Boards, participating in National and Provincial committees. This involvement continues by instructing seminars for the profession, delivering presentations for the CPA Financial Literacy Program, and is an active part of his local Dauphin Rotary Club for over 20 years. After completing the Ironman Canada triathlon in 2008, he went on to participate in various triathlon, half-marathons and marathons and enjoys cycling, swimming, and running in his spare time.
Read More
Whitney Sharkey, CPA, CA
Associate Partner
Whitney grew up in The Pas and moved to Brandon in 2005. She graduated from Brandon University in 2010 and completed her CA designation in 2012. She enjoys working with owner-managed businesses and not-for profit organizations. She helps clients navigate expenses and write-offs to ensure they end up with the most optimal tax situation possible. Whitney puts high priority on volunteering in the community and she holds board positions for many non-profits. In her spare time, she can be found at the gym, outside in her garden or spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Read More
Kirsten Barth, CPA
Senior Account Manager
Kirsten might focus on year-end financial statements and tax returns at work, but the numbers don’t prevent her from seeing the individuality in each of her clients. Approaching challenges with a blend of analytical and creative thinking, she finds a deep satisfaction in problem solving and meeting a variety of different clients with unique situations. With a passion for home décor and design, she approaches each room and each client file like its own masterpiece.
Read More
Denise Misanchuk
Office Manager
Denise’s favorite part about the many tasks she takes on in a day is the client interaction and building strong client relationships. As the Office Manager, she’s responsible for payroll, accounts receivable and payable, and administrative duties such as reception and answering phones. In her spare time, she loves to travel and enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Read More
Meanne Perdito
Account Manager
A passionate home baker and cook, Meanne is an Account Manager with over 7 years of experience in handling client accounts and providing accounting and tax services support. When she’s not shining at work as a Superstar or working her way to America’s Next Top Model, Meanne enjoys spending her time with her family and friends and refining her culinary expertise. She loves to experiment with new recipes and enjoys recreating the food that she grew up with in the Philippines.
Read More
John Shimko
Accounting Technician
A problem solver at heart, John enjoys the unpredictability and challenges of each new day. With over 20 years of experience in accounting, tax preparation, and as an IT enthusiast at Accent CPA, he thrives in his environment. Outside of work, he gravitates towards the outdoors, whether it’s fishing in the summer or hiking in the winter.
Read More
Heather Fehr
Bookkeeping and Payroll
Passionate about the fine details in life, Heather is in her element when she can take all the little pieces and create something beautiful out of them. Whether she’s working on bookkeeping and payroll for clients or her own hobbies, her favorite part of the process is proudly giving away the finished product to her clients, family, or friends. When she’s not sifting mountains of paperwork, she enjoys quilting, sewing, knitting, embroidery, building miniatures, cooking and puzzles.
Read More
Kelly Szymesko
Administrative Assistant
The first face you see when you walk into the office, Kelly thrives on interacting with clients and catching up with her co-workers. Passionate about staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can find her juggling phones, payments, and client requests at work like a pro.
Read More
Cyndy Swereda
Bookkeeping / Office assistant
With 17 years of experience in the firm, Cyndy takes pride in looking after the Shoal Lake sub office. Between doing the bookkeeping for their farm business clients and preparing GST returns, she ensures the work environment is both happy and comfortable. Disney World is her Happy Place, Las Vegas is a close second, and the third might just be on the couch binging historic British drama shows.
Read More
Ken Menard
Accounting / Tax preparer
When he’s not helping family and friends with their renovations and wood working projects, Ken can be found putting his 45 years of experience to work in helping clients with their tax and accounting headaches. He applies the same level of enthusiasm and meticulous detail to any project he approaches, whether it’s work or hobby.
Read More